After the sin comes the shame; courage follows repentance – Saint John Chrysostom (Golden-mouthed)


After the sin comes the shame; courage follows repentance

Saint John Chrysostom (Golden-mouthed)

Pay attention carefully. After the sin comes the shame; courage follows repentance. Did you pay attention to what I said? Satan upsets the order; he gives the courage to sin and the shame to repentance.



About the Spiritual Father – Saint Siluan the Athonite (+1938) & Saint Nikon of Optina, Russia (+1931)



About the Spiritual Father


Saint Silouan the Athonite (+1931) &

Saint Nikon of Optina, Russia (+1938)

Consider that the Holy Spirit lives in the spiritual father, and He will tell you what to do. But if you think that the spiritual father live negligently, and that the Holy Spirit can’t live in him, you will suffer mightily for such a thought, and the Lord will humble you, and you will straightway fall into delusion.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, II.1)

If a man does not tell everything to his spiritual father, then his path is crooked and does not lead to the Kingdom of Heaven. But the path of one who tells everything leads directly to the Kingdom of Heaven.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.9)

Tell everything to your spiritual father, and the Lord will have mercy on you and you will escape delusion. But if you think that you know more about the spiritual life than your spiritual father, and you stop telling him everything about yourself in confession, then you will immediately be allowed to fall into some sort of delusion, in order that you may be corrected.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XVII.13)

The Holy Spirit acts mystically through the spiritual father, and then when you go out from your spiritual father, the soul feels her renewal. But if you leave your spiritual father in a state of confusion, this means that you did not confess purely and did not forgive your brother all of his sins from your heart.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.11)

The Lord loves us so much that He suffered for us on the Cross; and His suffering was so great that we can’t comprehend it. In the same way our spiritual pastors suffer for us, although we often don’t see their suffering. The greater the love of the pastor, the greater his suffering; and we, the sheep, should understand this, and love and honor our pastors.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.2)

The spiritual father only shows to way, like a signpost, but we have to traverse it ourselves. If the spiritual father shows the way and the disciple doesn’t move himself, then he won’t get anywhere, and will rot near the signpost.
(St. Nikon of Optina, Russia)



Preparing for Confession – Fr. Alexander Elchaninov, Russia (+1934)



Preparing for Confession

Fr. Alexander Elchaninov, Russia (+1934)

“This day is good, it is the day of purification.” This is a time when we can set aside the heavy days of sin, break the chains of iniquity: “to raise the tabernacle that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof” within our souls, and see it renewed and bright. But the path to this blessed purification is not easy.

We have not yet approached confession, and our soul already hears voices of temptation: “Should I wait instead? Am I well-enough prepared, don’t I partake of Communion too often?” We must firmly reject such doubts. “If you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal” (Ecclesiasticus/Sirach 2:1). If you have decided to make confession and partake of Communion, many obstacles will arise, internal and external: but they will vanish as soon as you express firmness in your intention.

In particular, the question of making confession too frequently: One must make confession much more often than is customary; at least once during each of the Lenten periods. We who are possessed by “dreams of sloth” and clumsy in our repentance, must time and time again learn to repent. Secondly: it is necessary to draw a thread from one confession to the next, so that the period in between is filled with a spiritual struggle, with efforts fed by the impressions of our last Communion and inspired by the expectation of our next confession.

Another concern is about our father-confessor: to whom should we go? Should we go to the same one, time and again, no matter what? Can I go to a different priest? If so, under what circumstances? Priests experienced in spiritual matters will say that one should not change priests, even if it is only your spiritual guide, but not your spiritual father, the guide of your conscience. At times, it is true, after a wonderful confession made to a certain priest, the Continue reading “Preparing for Confession – Fr. Alexander Elchaninov, Russia (+1934)”

懺悔聖事 1-2:與愛和好 (台灣東正教會) Holy Confession ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* English & Chinese video



懺悔聖事 1-2:與愛和好 (台灣東正教會) Holy Confession

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台灣基督東正教會 The Orthodox Church in Taiwan


李亮神父 Fr. Jonah
來自東正教會希臘聖山(Mt. Athos) Gregoriou Monastery修院,
身為修士的屬靈父親(spiritual father),
其屬靈父親為已故希臘知名靈修導師 Elder Porphyrios。




From a root the shoots spring forth again – Saint Basil the Great (+379)



If someone has repented once of a sin, and again does the same sin, this is a sign that he has not been cleansed of the causes of the sin, wherefrom, as from a root, the shoots spring forth again.

—Saint Basil the Great (+379)


Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent – Saint John Chrysostom (Golden-mouthed)


Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent

Saint John Chrysostom (Golden-mouthed)

Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church. Be ashamed when you sin. Do not be ashamed when you repent. Pay attention to what the devil did to you. These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and medicines, so for the soul are sins and repentance. However, sin has the shame and repentance possesses the courage.



Подсетиник за исповест – Свети Димитрије Ростовски ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian



Demetrius of Rostov a

Подсетиник за исповест

Свети Димитрије Ростовски

Свети Димитрије Ростовски нам саветује да током припреме за исповест свакодневно ишчитавамо следеће редове и да потом по њима брижљиво преиспитујемо сопствену савест – своје дела, мисли и осећања:

”Исповедам пред мојим Гсподом и Богом, и пред тобом часни оче, сва моја безбројна прегрешења, која сам починио до данашњег дана и часа, делом, речју и помислима. Свакога дана и свакога часа грешим неблагодарношћу према Богу због Његових великих и безбројних доброчинстава и Његовог свеблагог промисла о мени грешном. САГРЕШИО САМ празнословљем, осуђивањем, непослушношћу, гордошћу, немилосрдношћу, завишћу, гневом, клеветом непажњом, небригом за своје спасење, несавесношћу, дрскошћу, раздражљивошћу, унинијем, узвраћањем злом на зло, грубошћу, роптањем, самооправдавањем, спорењем, самовољом, прекоревање, свађом, лагањем, смехом, саблажњавањем, самољубљем, хвалисањем, стомакоугађањем, претеривањем у јелу и пићу, сујетом, лењошћу, прихватањем нечистих помисли, халапљивошћу, нечистим погледима, пропуштањем богослужења због лењости и безбрижности, расејаношћу за време домаће и црквене молитве, делом, речју, мишљу, погледом, слухом, мирисом, укусом, додиром и свим осталим мојим душевним и телесним чулима. КАЈЕМ СЕ ЗБОГ СВИХ МОЈИХ ПРЕГРЕШЕЊА И МОЛИМ ЗА ОПРОШТАЈ.

Исто тако кајем се и молим за опроштај због свега онога што услед мноштва својих грехова и заборавности нисам исповедио.Кајем се и због свега онога што услед немара и одлагања исповести нисам записао како бих исповедио. Кајем се такође за све оно што сам у своме духовном слепилу превидео. Кајем се и због оне греховности коју ми није дато да видим, јер знам да када би Бог показао човеку све његове грехе и сву грешност одједном, човек би по своме маловерју и слабости пао у безизлазно очајање – од кога га Бог милостиво чува! Али ја знам да постоји и таква греховност. Молим да ми и она буде опроштена – како бих у потпуности био очишћен од греха и како не би постојала никаква могућност ваздушним митарима (цариницима-демонима) да се обрадују после моје смрти по телу, него да бих у потпуности добио опроштај и сјединио се са Господм Исусом Христом за вечни живот”.